Pfleiderer has gained an advantage in employee recruitment through the new collective agreement. According to DGB Executive Board member Stefan Körzell, this makes the engineered wood manufacturer more attractive for employees.

The battle for employees is getting tougher and tougher. Experts and highly qualified specialists are almost gold dust. It is no longer enough for companies to negotiate individual contracts with employees. There has long been competition among employers for the best employees.


"Companies with collective bargaining agreements have a clear advantage," says Stefan Körzell, member of the Executive Board of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB). Clear regulations regarding working hours, additional holiday pay and higher bonuses, for example, would make an employer attractive.

Körzell is convinced of this. As part of his twelfth summer tour on Monday, i´an, he was a guest at our site in Baruth. The trade union official visited Pfleiderer Baruth GmbH. The fiberboard plant has had a collective bargaining agreement since 2017. The bonuses for Sunday work will gradually be raised to one hundred percent by 2020. Last year, the Christmas bonus increased from 60 to 70 percent of the monthly remuneration. Holiday pay was also increased. According to the German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB), the level has thus been aligned with that of the Group's other locations.

"Pfleiderer is setting a good example," says Stefan Körzell. "I did not notice any dissatisfaction among the employees during my visit, nor did I hear anything like it. The company apparently succeeds well in ensuring a high level of satisfaction among its employees". For the trade unionist, this does not mean, however, that "Pfleiderer does not have to make an intensive effort to find new employees. The company competes with other companies. A good collective agreement can considerably strengthen this position."


During his summer tour Stefan Körzell is on the road in several German states. He talks to employees, works councils, trade unionists, employers and politicians. He is concerned with the question of how work can be strengthened under the protection of collective agreements. But he is also interested in how sustainably a company operates - and the Baruth company can also score points here: "Pfleiderer works climate-neutrally. That's very impressive."

Text: Andreas Staindl, Märkische Allgemeine